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Notes: ACPS wants feedback on metal detectors in schools

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Advanced metal detectors will be used for a pilot program in two Alexandria City Public Schools locations as part of a pilot program (via ACPS)

Alexandria City Public Schools is looking for public feedback on its weapons abatement program. The metal detectors have been in place in Alexandria City High School and the city’s secondary school locations, and the school system is conducting a survey on the pilot that will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday.

According to ACPS:

The Department of Facilities and Operations, Office of Safety and Security at Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is administering a survey on the current pilot weapons screening equipment program that is open through Fri., April 19, 2024. As shared during the February 22, 2024, School Board meeting, the weapons screening equipment program started in May 2023 and has been ongoing at all secondary school locations (not including the K-8 schools).

This survey is an opportunity for all stakeholders (students, staff, families and community members) to provide thoughts and feedback on the pilot program. The results of this survey will help inform the formal staff recommendation to the School Board regarding the future of the weapons screening equipment program in ACPS.

The last ACPS survey on the subject was conducted in March 2023 — two months before the pilot program started. There were more than 4,000 respondents, with about 85% supporting some form of weapons abatement.

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